17th annual Meeker sheepdog trials promise wild, woolly fun for spectators
Once again the little black dynamos that are faster than a speeding bullet take to the fields to herd sheep, in the 17th annual Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials Sept. 3 -7.
More than 100 of North America’s top dog and handler teams will attempt to command and control the West’s feistiest sheep in one of the most rigorous exhibitions of traditional sheepherding in the world.
Elimination trials begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 3, 4 and 5, followed by the semifinals at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6.
The top 10 teams will compete at the finals starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 7.
Craft and food booths offer diversion all five days of the trials. On the agenda for Saturday and Sunday are pancake breakfasts and traditional music by bagpiper Hugh Thackberry.
The first of two bluegrass bands presented by local merchants kicks off Saturday night’s events at 4:30 p.m. on the Courthouse Square, followed by a barbecue, a jackpot event, and Calcutta.
Entries for the classic’s annual art contest will be on display and for sale on site.
The trials site is just west of Meeker on Highway 13. Tickets, sold at the gate, are $10 for a single day. Five-day pass are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 5-12. Children under 5 are free. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday organized school groups are invited to attend free of charge.
Dogs are not permitted outside vehicles, to prevent disturbing trial dogs and sheep, and there is no shade available in the parking area. So please leave your pets at home. Bleacher seating is limited, so bring lawn chairs, binoculars and sunscreen.
For more information, call 970-878-5510 or visit http://www.meekersheepdog.com.
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